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I recently read that the term 'hot dog' came from the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. Apparently, there was a rumour that some of the performers there ate dog, and that local dogs had disappeared, so the vendors started calling frankfurters in a bun 'hot dogs'.
I have also heard that the name emerged during the First World War, to avoid using a German word, much as French Fries became 'freedom fries' for a while.
Does anyone know the definitive answer to this?